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irritate Line breaks: ir¦ri|tate
Pronunciation: /ˈɪrɪteɪt/

Definition of irritate in English:


[with object]
1Make (someone) annoyed or a little angry: his tone irritated her
More example sentences
  • Later that evening, Jenny remarked that she was irritated with Sara.
  • Ryan asked, but Meg could tell he wasn't irritated; his tone was teasingly amiable.
  • The situation was made worse when Jason made a remark that had irritated her.
British informalwind up, nark, get across, get on someone's wick
North American informaltee off, tick off, burn up, rankle, ride, gravel, bum out
British informalget on someone's tits
informal, , datedgive someone the pip
vulgar slangpiss off
rareexacerbate, hump, rasp
annoyed, cross, angry, vexed, exasperated, irked, piqued, displeased, put out, fed up, disgruntled, in a bad mood, in a temper, testy, in high dudgeon, huffy, in a huff, resentful, aggrieved;
North American informalteed off, ticked off, sore, bent out of shape
Australian/New Zealand informalsnaky, crook
West Indian informalvex
vulgar slangpissed off
North American vulgar slangpissed
archaicsnuffy, wrath
2Cause inflammation or other discomfort in (a part of the body): sprays and polishes can irritate dry, sensitive skin
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  • The top of the femoral canal may be reinforced by a mesh made of a synthetic material that does not irritate the body.
  • Without the protection of the eyelid, the inside of the eyelid and the surface of your eye may become dry, irritated and inflamed.
  • Every single square inch of your body is irritated.
inflame, aggravate;
hurt, pain;
chafe, abrade, fret, gall, rub painfully, rub against, scratch, rasp, scrape, graze, grate
2.1 Biology Stimulate (an organism, cell, or organ) to produce an active response.
Example sentences
  • The implanted electrodes may irritate the snake to such an extent that it may never reach basal condition.



Pronunciation: /ˈɪrɪtətɪv/
Example sentences
  • Irritated eyes: as the name suggests, it implies dry eyes, burning eyes, light sensitivity, eyestrain are the most pesky and irritative symptoms that trouble the computer user.
  • In our recent studies, we found that exposure to petrochemical air pollution is associated with increased rates of acute irritative symptoms in adults.
  • Other presentations include irritative voiding, discharge of mucous blood or pus from the umbilicus, and obstructive symptoms.


Example sentences
  • The Kings and the Lakers got involved in a scuffle following the actions of two of the biggest irritators.
  • I bombed into French in a perky mood; not even Eric (the class irritator) could being me down that day.


Mid 16th century (in the sense 'excite, provoke'): from Latin irritat- 'irritated', from the verb irritare.

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